Preventing parvo has had a booster shot in the Upper Hunter Shire.
Impounded dogs are receiving a vaccination against Canine parvovirus after 24 hours and before they are released to their owners or rehomed.
The initiative by Upper Hunter Shire Council in partnership with Scone Pet Medical could save the lives of not just impounded dogs but lower the rate of parvo in the community.
The proposal to introduce a $20 cost fee to vaccinate dogs impounded for more than 24 hours received only positive feedback from the public when it went on public exhibition this year.
Dozens of dogs passing through council’s animal shelter have already received the vaccination with assistance from staff at Scone Pet Medical.
Veterinarian Dr April Brenan said Scone Pet Medical were happy to be partnering with council to do health checks and administer vaccinations.
“We encourage people to adopt impounded animals and to understand the importance of responsible pet ownership including vaccinations.
“Vaccinating impounded dogs is part of our plan to eradicate parvo from the area,” Dr Brenan said.
At just over one year old, Simba (pictured above) has been surrendered to Upper Hunter Shire Council.
She is affectionate, big and boisterous so she would need an adult owner who has time and space to ensure she gets plenty of exercise, training and attention.
Contact council rangers on 6540 1100 for more information.
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